How does one go from being a historian of fashion to the director of a national museum devoted to War, Flight and Rural Life, as well as Art and Science? How does it feel to be an Englishman in charge of Scotland’s national museum? How do current debates about decolonising collections look from north of the border? And, above all, what’s it like to become a museum director during an international pandemic? Join Bill Sherman as he discusses these and other questions with Dr Chris Breward, the new Director of National Museums Scotland. This talk was part of our Curatorial Conversations series. Curatorial Conversations bring to the Warburg curators of world-leading museums and galleries to discuss their work. The conversations, led by academics at the Warburg Institute, discuss the issues of setting the curatorial agenda and staging meaningful encounters with objects. The series is designed to draw out discussion of the discoveries made, challenges tackled and the lessons learned in installing objects in the permanent collection and putting together internationally renowned exhibitions.

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This event took place on 4 February 2021.